General Sale's March from Kabul to Jalalabad

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This was an event during the 1st Afghan War


The Government in Calcutta on advice from the Envoy in Kabul decided to reduce the payments made to the tribes to keep the passes from Peshawar to Kabul open. This caused the eastern Ghilzai tribes to block the passes cutting the route to India. Maj-Gen Robert Sale was to march to winter quarters in Jalalabad clearing the opposition on the way. On 9 October 1841 an advance party of 35th Native Infantry under Col. Thomas Monteath left for Bootkhak followed by the 13th Foot on 11 October. Gen. Sale took the whole force forward in stages fighting actions at Boothak, Tezin and Jugdulluk and sustaining considerable losses. He reached Jalalabad on 12 November where he was to remain besieged until April 1842.

Related articles

For further details of events during this period see the following articles

Action from Boothak to Khoord-Kabul 10-12 October 1841
Action on the March to Tezin 22 October 1841
Action on the March to Jugdulluk 29 October 1841
Action on the March to Gundamak 30 October 1841
Action on the March to Jalalabad 11-12 November 1841
Siege of Jalalabad 13 November 1841-14 April 1842
Battle of Jalalabad 7 April 1842

Field Force

Advance contingent


  • Two guns European Horse Artillery under Lieut Walker
  • 37th Native Infantry under Major Griffiths
  • Captain Backhouse's mountain train
  • 300 additional Sappers
  • Captain Abbott's battery
  • 100 Anderson’s Irregular Horse under Lieut William Mayne


Entries in the Dictionary of Indian Biography 1906:
Captain George Broadfoot (1807-1845)
George Macgregor (1810-1883)
William Mayne (1818-1855)
Thomas Monteath (Douglas) (1787-1868)
Robert Sale (1782-1845)

External Links

Sale's March Google Books
Lady Florentia Sale's Journal Google Books

Historical books on-line

Sale's Brigade in Afghanistan: with an Account of the Seizure and Defence of Jellalabad by George Robert Gleig 1846 Google Books